NSW Venues Thrown $24M Lifeline

30 | 3 | 2021

In very welcome news for the music industry in NSW, On 25 March 2021 the NSW Government has announced $24 million to Destination NSW for a Live Music Support Package to be administered in partnership with Create NSW and the Office of the 24-Hour Economy Commissioner. This funding was included as part of a $51.5 […]

Is Inner West the NSW Live Music Capital

10 | 3 | 2021

Back in September and October 2019, John Wardle from the Live Music Office and Sydney Fringe Festival set to work quietly mapping each and every type of show or performance they could uncover across The Inner West Local Government Area in Sydney, just outside the City of Sydney CBD. In these months before COVID hit, […]


13 | 11 | 2020

The biggest overhaul of regulations around live music and cultural activity in NSW in a generation passed through the Legislative Council of the NSW Parliament last night with coordinated changes to the Liquor Act, Planning Act, Local Government Act, the Building Code as well as emergency COVID-19 placemaking for food, drink and entertainment activation. “APRA […]

Sydney 24 HR Strategy To Deliver New Cultural and Night Economy

15 | 9 | 2020

This week the NSW Government unveiled the Greater Sydney 24Hr Strategy which has been developed over more than seven months of deep consultation and co-design with an industry advisory group, and across several NSW Government agencies and councils in Greater Sydney who are actively developing their night economies. Evidence based, thoroughly designed and site specific, […]

Live Music Australia Funding Announced

12 | 8 | 2020

This week the Federal Government has announced The Live Music Australia program, which is a competitive grants opportunity for small to medium sized venues that support quality original Australian live music. Visit the Live Music Australia Homepage The Live Music Australia program is focused on supporting small to medium venues that stage quality original Australian live […]

City of Ryde and Lane Cove Council Launch Get Gig Ready

17 | 7 | 2020

A new podcast has been launched to help local musicians amp up their live performances and maximise the potential of their music career. The Get Gig Ready podcast is a collaboration between the City of Ryde, Lane Cove Council, the Live Music Office, MusicNSW and local community station 2SER, with support from Macquarie University, as […]

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Review of the operation of the NSW Music Festivals Act 2019

7 | 7 | 2020

On 30 June, NSW Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello tabled in both Houses of Parliament the report on the outcomes of the Music Festival Roundtable’s review of the operation of the Music Festivals Act 2019. The report can be found here Some of the key findings  tabled in the report include: Duplication was identified between […]

Lifeline For Victoria’s Famous Live Music Venues

7 | 7 | 2020

Over the weekend, Victorian Creative Industries Minister Foley has announced a $15 million package of support for Victoria’s live music venues. You can read the media release here.  The new Victorian Live Music Venues program is a competitive grants program that seeks to support Victoria’s live music venues to respond to the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic.  Open to venues across […]